Despite repeated warnings, endless statistics and anecdotal evidence as to the dangers of being a distracted driver, some people in Minnesota and throughout the nation still cannot resist the temptation to look at their devices when behind the wheel. There are a variety of reasons for them doing this, and the activities range from the understandable but still unadvisable to the preposterous. Accidents will continue to occur while people are texting and driving and engaging in other distracting behaviors when behind the wheel. Those who are involved in a crash or lose a loved one in these types of car accidents must be aware of how to have a full investigation and seek compensation for their losses.
It is important for states to keep track of the number of motor vehicle accidents there are in any given year as well as the number of people who suffer serious injury and fatality. In Minnesota, the Office of Traffic Safety keeps a record of these statistics. At the latest counting from the OTS, there were more than 200 fatalities through August 8. While this is an improvement from 2016, it is still a worrisome number. Those who have lost a loved one in a fatal auto accident should be aware of these trends, the causes and other factors so they can take steps to consider a legal filing in the aftermath.
In Minnesota, there is an expectation on the part of drivers who share the road that everyone will have the necessary insurance coverage in the event of a car accident. However, this is not always the case. There are various aspects of the law when it comes to insurance, and it is important to know them. This is of specific importance after there has been a crash.
People who ride public transportation in Minnesota are generally doing so because they want to save money, believe that it is a more efficient way to travel, and often view it as safe. However, any vehicle on the road can get into car accidents at any time. In a worst-case scenario, there can be serious injuries and fatalities. When there is a crash, those who have been affected should know what to do to seek compensation for what they have lost. This is true whether it is the person who was injured in the car collision or the family of a loved one who died.